RainStrykeNo problem, thanks for the blue ribbon Cool GTX! X299 is a great chipset. Here in 6 days we are expected to see the new i9 10th generation stuff from Intel, no idea if it's going to be on Amazon that soon though. The i9 10900X is looking pretty good. However, the i7 9800X has dropped down to 299 recently and that's an awesome deal if you have a Microcenter around... Might even be worth the drive, unless you need to spend more than $260 for gas and your time, who knows you might even enjoy it.If you stay with the i9 9900K and return the X299 Dark, then I would look towards a Z390 board, anything with that chip set will fit the i9 9900K. If you go with the Z390 Dark from EVGA, then I would recommend going with some of this RAM:https://www.newegg.com/patriot-16gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820225144?Description=patriot&cm_re=patriot-_-20-225-144-_-ProductI originally purchased those and found out they were not compatible with anything I had. A guy here on the forums got his to 4800MHz on his Z390 Dark.https://forums.evga.com/Patriot-viper-steel-ddr-4400-MHz-is-cheap-17000-ish-m2964431.aspx
Sgt HoitNot sure if you're into buying used parts, but here is one the won't be there long:https://www.heatware.com/for-sale/EVGA-X299-DARK-mobo-Intel-9800x-CPU-cpu-memory-motherboards-3434.htmlI just bought something very similar on these very forums.
donbrownz Gonna mark calendar to see i9 10th gen chip to see what socket it requires. It makes no sense to but a 400-500 motherboard and go with an old CPU. Im not sure. In the meantime research a Z390 DARK motherboard. EVGA Z390 DARK, 131-CS-E399-KR, LGA 1151, Intel Z390, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.1, M.2, U.2, EATX, Intel Motherboard
vegajf51donbrownz Gonna mark calendar to see i9 10th gen chip to see what socket it requires. It makes no sense to but a 400-500 motherboard and go with an old CPU. Im not sure. In the meantime research a Z390 DARK motherboard. EVGA Z390 DARK, 131-CS-E399-KR, LGA 1151, Intel Z390, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.1, M.2, U.2, EATX, Intel Motherboard The upcoming 10th gen Cascade lake "Skylake Refresh" will still be X299 so current boards will work. If you are waiting for Intel i9 10th gen mainstream "Comet Lake-S" it won't be out until this summer, it is still another iteration of skylake architecture. It will be on the new LGA 1200 socket, Z490. Will still be PCI-E Gen 3 though which really sucks being a new platform on an old standard but it is what it is.
RainStrykeIf that box is unopened, you should be good to return the X299 Dark for an exchange, maybe they won't hit you with a restocking fee. If this rig is primarily for gaming, your best bet is to stick with the i9 9900K and get a Z390 motherboard, it has to be Z390 to work with the i9 9900K. Any one of these Z390 boards would work just fine:https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813188197https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813119188https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813145091